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Washington Shadow

(Peter Cotton #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  40 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
September 1945. Bankrupt and desperate, Britain sends John Maynard Keynes to boom town Washington to beg for a loan. Under cover of the backup team, agent Peter Cotton is sent to investigate the break-up of America's wartime intelligence agency. Cotton finds himself caught up in a world of shadows involving an extraordinarily attractive girl from the US State Department, a ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 5th 2009 by John Murray (first published 2009)
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I picked this up for two reasons: I've got a soft spot for spy fiction set in the 1930s and 40s (the books of Alan Furst for example), and I'm a sucker for fiction set in my hometown of Washington, D.C. I quickly realized that this is the second in a series (preceded by Maze of Cadiz, followed by Icelight) featuring Peter Cotton, a British officer engaged in very loosely delineated espionage work. Indeed, it is that very looseness that is the major of weakness of the book. While the background, ...more
While this was not the typical "cloak and dagger" espionage novel, it provided an interesting view of the changing nature of relations --- both political and economic --- between the U.S. and Britain in the immediate post-Second World War era.

A British officer --- Peter Cotton --- is sent from Europe to the U.S. in September 1945 to investigate the imminent breakup of the U.S. wartime intelligence agency, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). Britain is broke and has sent representatives to W
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
The second in a series of historical thrillers featuring Peter Cotton, a British Intelligence Officer. Set in Washington at the end of WWII when John Maynard Keynes has come to Washington to strike a 'bail out ' of the English economy after the economic desolation of WWII. Monroe strikes a nice note with historic detail but there's an oomph missing in the thriller part of the equation.
Rob Kitchin
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Washington Shadow is the second book in the Peter Cotton series following the exploits of an economics graduate who works as an intelligence officer. Whilst the first book was set in Spain, the second sees Cotton move to Washington DC after his old unit is wound up and he waits to find out if he’s going to be demobbed. Despite winning the war, Britain is on its knees financially and is severely weakened politically with respect to its empire. The nice hook to the story is John Maynard Keynes pre ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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"Beware," says Aesop, "that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow." The thought lingers after closing Aly Monroe's intelligent book. If one ultimately feels a sense of an objective only partially attained, one can but respect a brave and interesting attempt.

Peter Cotton is an army major at the end of WW2. With a few months left until demobilisation, he is posted to Washington to join an understaffed and under-resourced Intelligence department. Maynard Keynes is present, attempt
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Paul Dumont
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive and fascinating follow up to The Maze of Cadiz, this kept me turning the pages way into the small hours of the morning. Not all the plot strands seem to work out conclusively or convincingly, but as a result the book feels much more realistic. Reminded me a lot of the ambiguities and uncertainties of le Carre, especially The Looking Glass War or The Spy who came in from the Cold.
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Author of the Peter Cotton series, which begins in 1944, and takes us to different countries around the world during the aftermath of the second world war and the dismantling of the British colonies

The first three books in the series, 'The Maze of Cadiz', 'Washington Shadow', and 'Icelight' received excellent reviews. (See my website)

Washington Shadow' was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA Ellis Peters

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